Positive Relationship with Caregiver – for Foster Youth

This brief scale is an adaptation of a scale developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourishing Children Project. It includes six items that measure teenagers' relationships with their primary caregivers (whether this is a foster parent, biological parent/family member, or someone affiliated with their group home care provider).


Administration Method
Number of Questions
Creator(s) of Tool
This measure was developed by Child Trends for the Flourishing Children Project, funded by the Templeton Foundation, and was slightly adapted to be more applicable to foster youth. For more information on positive indicators, search the Child Trends web page at www.childtrends.org.
Scoring / Benchmarking
You may calculate a total score by associating the following numeric values with the answer options: None of the time=0; A little of the time=1; Some of the time=2; Most of the time=3; All of the time=4. The maximum score for this scale equals 24. Total scores allow for quick overviews of how individuals are doing, as well as easy comparisons in aggregate between pre- and post tests.
Background / Quality
This scale has been tested with a nationally representative sample of teenagers aged 12-17. It has been found to have excellent reliability (alpha=.92) and concurrent validity (associated with better grades and a lower likelihood of smoking, fighting, and depressive symptoms).
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